A “smart structure” is a system that has the ability to learn about its environment, process the information in real time, reduce uncertainty, and generate and execute control actions in a safe and reliable manner to accomplish the desired objective.

The EUROCORES S3T Programme seeks to lay down theoretical and experimental bases for the integration of state-of-the-art sensors into systems to monitor and control major structures. Major incidents caused by failures in engineering infrastructure, modern transportation or other spheres of human activity are becoming less acceptable; zero-risk protection of citizens is now a long-term aspiration of Governments. Whether it is civil infrastructure, industrial plant, or a fleet of trains or aircraft, operators and engineers are under pressure to make every possible effort to assure public safety, including the procurement of new technology, while at the same time they are under pressure to achieve substantial increases of operational efficiency and cost reduction. Consequently, there is less focus on the design of new structures and more on the long-term goal of extending indefinitely, through minimum intervention, the safe and economical operational lifetime of individual structural components and entire systems.

The School and Symposium on S3T will bring together researchers from around the world representing several fields of study related to Smart Structures. The expertise will span a broad range of disciplines including basic research on smart structures and materials, structural identification and health monitoring, micro-electromechanical systems, electrostructured fluids and smart machines, adaptive composites, piezoelectric microstructures, active control of structures and practically oriented application in aerospace, mechanical, civil engineering, biomedical engineering, etc.